For the true beginner interested in learning the basic skills and safety techniques of river kayaking - Level 1 Kayaking is for you! Sign up at the OP Office in the EMU or the OP Barn (1225 E. 18th Ave.)
This course will introduce students to river kayaking by covering the basic skills and safety techniques. Emphasis will be on river reading techniques, strokes, safety, self-rescue, and rescue of others. This class consists of a 2 hour pool session and a full day field outing. Kayak 1 will prepare students to effectively “run” rivers with rapids up to class II. Kayak 1 is taught to the standards of the American Canoe Association L3 River Kayak curriculum and offers a certificate of completion.
Mandatory pre-trip: March 7th, 6-10pm
Meet at the OP Barn (1225 E. 18th Ave.) at 6pm for two hours of dry-land introduction. We'll then head to the SRC pool for instruction in the water.
Field Outing: March 11th, 8am-5pm
Meet at the OP Barn (1225 E. 18th Ave.), and from here we'll depart for a local river! We'll spend the day practicing skills and safety techniques in the water.
General Learning Outcomes
- To introduce students to basic kayak equipment required for flat water and moving water applications.
- To introduce students to basic paddling and maneuvering skills required for flat water and moving water applications.
- To introduce students to basic river safety and river reading skills.
- To introduce students to the planning, organization and implementation of a successful kayak outing.
Specific Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able….
- To develop an understanding of river dynamics demonstrated through river reading skills while paddling a kayak.
- To develop, and demonstrate, competency in basic paddling skills and techniques.
- To develop, and demonstrate, competency while paddling through rapids (eddy hopping and catching, ferrying, and peel outs).
- To demonstrate a segment of a river orientation/safety lecture.
- To develop, and demonstrate, techniques necessary for self-rescue and rescue of others.
- To demonstrate basic whistle and hand signals in or around white water.
- To develop, and demonstrate, a common understanding of care and maintenance related to kayaking equipment.
- To develop, and demonstrate, knowledge of low impact of highly used River corridors.
- To demonstrate skills and knowledge necessary to independently plan and carryout a successful kayak outing.